Math and Literature

This morning I read If You Hopped Like a Frog by David M. Schwartz to my 6th graders.  They are learning about ratios and rates and how to solve proportions.  It’s a wonderful book and beautifully illustrated by James Warhola.  In the back of the book, the author has questions that you can ask students to work on — I made this worksheet if_you_hopped_like_a_frog based on that.

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If you were as strong as an ANT… you could lift a car!

Even junior high kids still like to be read to.  They squeal with delight when I pull out a book — and it does not have to be an illustrated book either.  Another book that I’d read to my 6th graders earlier this year was How Much is a Million? It’s also written by Mr. Schwartz and illustrated by Steven Kellogg.  We were working with number sense at the time, and the kids said oohs and aahs as I read to them, “How big is a billion?  If a billion kids made a human tower… they would stand up past the moon… If you wanted to count from one to one trillion… it would take you almost 200,000 years.”

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A great resource that I faithfully use is Math and Literature, Grades 6-8 by Jennifer M. Bay-Williams and Sherri L. Martinie.  One of the suggested readings is a book called A Drop of Water: A Book of Science and Wonder by Walter Wick; I read this to my students, and afterward they blew bubbles on their desks and measured the diameter of each burst bubble to find the circumference.  We had a lot of fun!

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